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Knock It Off… A Doula is a Doula, A Nurse is a Nurse!

Posted on: January 3, 2015 | Doula Life, Doula Training

Doula, a Greek word used to describe a non-medical support person for laboring women. Registered Nurse RN, a medical professional who has graduated from a nursing program and has passed a national licensing exam to obtain a nursing license.  Obviously… total opposites! One IS medical, one IS NOT medical. As if introducing the term “Doula” to someone …


A Doula and An Activist Walk Into a Bar…

Posted on: January 3, 2014 | Doula Life, Doula Training

The bartender says to the activist, “what can I get you?” The activist replies, “Water. I don’t drink anything but water. Soda, juice… all bad! They’re full of sugar. Alcohol is poisonous to the body, mind and spirit. It erodes the liver, its addictive, it deteriorates the skin, decreases your …


Birth Avengers Need Not Apply!

Posted on: November 9, 2013 | Doula Life, Doula Training

There are many reasons why women come to doula work. Most people find birth to be either absolutely awe inspiringly, fascinating and beautiful OR completely terrifying and the thought of it makes them throw up in their mouth a little bit. Some women are called to this work because they …


Chinese Doctors Seeking Doula Care

Posted on: October 21, 2013 | Doula Life, Doula Training, Hospital Birth

On Thursday September 26, I had the honor of visiting with a group of obstetricians from China as well as the president of the China Doula Corporation. I was contacted about a month ago by the teams NY friend, Certified Nurse Midfife, Dewan Duan. The group was being led by Dr. …


What’s In A Doula’s Bag

Posted on: September 24, 2013 | Doula Life, Doula Training, Labor and Birth

This is a question that new Doulas often ask of seasoned Doulas, but clients rarely ask. The answer is simple! What’s in the bag is                        CONFIDENCE! Well, not in the form of “confidence” as you may know it. In …


NICU Breakdown

Posted on: August 27, 2013 | Doula Training, Hospital Birth

I often hear about women choosing where they will give birth, based on the level of the NICU at a particular hospital. I understand precaution. I am cautious and I take precautions. But I also know that the level of NICU care your baby may need is closely related to …


B.R.A.I.N ~ USE IT!

Posted on: August 19, 2013 | Doula Life, Doula Training, Hospital Birth, Labor and Birth

My favorite acronym! This is one of the most useful tools in my “life bag” as well as my “Doula Bag”. It is a reminder for me to slow down and think it through! By nature, I make quick decisions. This character trait works both to my benefit and my …


The Sounds and Breath Of Birth

Posted on: August 14, 2013 | Doula Life, Doula Training, Labor and Birth

The Breath… Take a deep breath in through your nose and a looooong slooooow exhale out your mouth. Birth and Breath seem to go hand in hand, right? We take a childbirth class and we’re “taught” to breathe. But why? How will it help us? What is the value of …


ProDoula, A Certification Agency for the Modern Doula

Posted on: August 8, 2013 | Doula Life, Doula Training

Randy, Debbie and Lauren are thrilled to announce the arrival of… ProDoula, A Doula Certification Agency for the Modern Woman! What is this agency all about?      – Certifying Doulas      – Comprehensive and engaging workshops             LABOR DOULA WORKSHOPS            …


Birth Plans vs. Birth Wishes

Posted on: April 26, 2013 | Doula Life, Doula Training, Labor and Birth

New Doula, Doris Jean Kolarek, really gets it! I am absolutely thrilled to have added her to our staff of amazing doulas at Northeast Doulas in the recent weeks. As her mentor, I have had the opportunity to discuss various topics with her relating to pregnancy, birth, labor support, emotional …


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